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Lindsey A. Lewis has been hired as an associate with Franklin and Prokopik, of Baltimore. Lewis, who concentrates her civil litigation practice in the area of general liability defense, including motor carrier liability and premises liability, works in the firm’s Herndon, Va., office. She previously worked for three years in private practice as a defense attorney, concentrating in medical malpractice, professional liability, and employment.

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, in Baltimore, will honor three members of the Maryland legal community for their service and achievements at a gala fundraiser Dec. 4: the Honorable Andre M. Davis, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the first African-American appointed from Maryland; the Honorable Michele D. Hotten, the first African-American woman appointed to the Maryland Appellate Courts; and Phoebe Haddon, the first African-American dean in the University of Maryland School of Law’s history. The Honorary Chair of the gala is Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, Court of Appeals of Maryland, is the honorary chair of the event.

Herbert Better, a Zuckerman Spaeder partner, has been named the 2011 Baltimore Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers, a peer-reviewed legal guide. Better opened the firm’s Baltimore office in 1987. He has extensive civil and criminal trial experience representing individuals and corporations. Better is a member of the U.S. District Court’s Liaison Committee.

Michael E. Glass, a founding partner with The Preller Glass Law Firm, has been named the Bar Association of Baltimore City’s “Pro Bono Star” for taking cases from the association’s Legal Services for the Elderly, representing clients on a pro bono basis in landlord/tenant and consumer protections matters. Glass serves on the advisory board of Glass Mental Health Foundation and as a volunteer scuba at the National Aquarium.

Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America has named two of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston’s partners as the Lawyer of the Year in Baltimore in their areas of practice: Paul M. Nussbaum has been named the 2011 Baltimore Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Lawyer of the Year, and Robert M. Wright has been named the Construction Lawyer of the Year. Nussbaum chairs the firm’s debtor/creditor rights and bankruptcy Department. Wright is senior counsel with the firm; for years he represented engineering and construction firms, both as plaintiffs and defendants. He devotes his time to serving as an arbitrator or mediator in construction disputes.

Paul Tiburzi, managing partner of DLA Piper’s Baltimore office, has been named to the executive board of Matt Birk’s HIKE Foundation. Birk, center for the Baltimore Ravens, established the foundation to provide at-risk children in Baltimore with the educational opportunities needed to excel in the classroom and in life. DLA Piper’s Baltimore office also dedicates time and resources to education-related initiatives through the firm’s national pro bono project, Advancing Education’s Promise.

Jeffrey A. Markowitz, of Miles & Stockbridge, has been named Baltimore’s Tax Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America. His practice includes corporate, partnership and international tax.

Five members of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, of Baltimore, have been selected among the top local attorneys in business law in Baltimore SmartCEO magazine’s Legal Elite Readers Poll: David B. Applefeld (construction and insurance), Jerald B. Lurie (corporate and business), Andrew Radding (white-collar criminal and business litigation), David B. Rudow (business and tax) and Oren D. Saltzman (business, commercial and corporate).

Jan Simonsen, of the Washington, D.C., office of Carr Maloney, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for personal injury litigation.

Douglas M. Fox, of Ballard Spahr, has been named a 2010 Smart Lawyer by SmartCEO magazine. Fox is a partner in the firm’s business and finance department and co-partner-in-charge of the life sciences/technology group. He practices business, corporate, securities, and technology law for public and privately held entities across a variety of industry groups, and regularly advises clients on board responsibilities, change in control and proxy contests, mergers and acquisitions, and takeover defenses.

Steven D. Silverman, managing partner of Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin and White, based in Baltimore, has been named one of the top ten criminal defense attorneys in the Northeast by Avvo; the list is published in the December “Best of the Northeast” issue of Arrive magazine. Silverman has nearly 20 years of litigation experience in federal and state courts throughout the region. His principal areas of practice include all types of complex civil litigation and appeals, and high-profile criminal litigation. Silverman has also served as lead counsel in many complex civil jury trials in state and federal courts.

Carl R. Schwertz, former managing director of Duane, Hauck & Gnapp, of Richmond, Va., has joined Miles & Stockbridge’s products liability group as Counsel. He will work in the firm’s Tysons Corner, Va., office. Schwertz focuses his practice on the defense of products liability cases and similar complex litigation, and supervises the defense of asbestos product manufacturers throughout Virginia.

Twenty lawyers with Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, of Baltimore, have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2011: Timothy D.A. Chriss; Lawrence D. Coppel; Marjorie A. Corwin; William M. Davidow Jr.; D. Robert Enten; David H. Fishman; Lawrence S. Greenwald; Lowell G. Herman; Ned T. Himmelrich; Robert C. Kellner; Edward J. Levin; Matthew P. Mellin; Searle E. Mitnick; Abba David Poliakoff; Michael C. Powell; Barry F. Rosen; Sheila K. Sachs; William D. Shaughnessy Jr.; Jerrold A. Thrope; and Carla Stone Witzel.

Cynthia Blake Sanders, an intellectual property lawyer at Ober|Kaler, of Baltimore, recently was been named a Pro Bono Star by the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland. Sanders was selected for her work on behalf of Maryland Lawyers for the Arts, a nonprofit that provides lawyer referral services and pro bono legal assistance to income-eligible artists and arts organizations. She serves as MLA’s vice president and as a volunteer lawyer. Sanders has helped low-income artists, including a local Kashmiri folk music nonprofit whose work was used without permission in a Bollywood movie and artists who were trying to get paid or get their work returned. She has given many talks and workshops on legal issues important to artists, particularly copyright concerns. The former textile artist also serves on the boards of the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Baltimore chapter of the American Advertising Federation and the Black Cherry Puppet Theater.

Cynthia Blake Sanders

Education: BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art; J.D., University of Maryland School of Law.

Resides in: Baltimore (Roland Park).

Daily commute: Jones Falls Expressway.

Most recent vacation: Isle au Haut, Maine.

Hobbies: Advising Stony Run Young Friends; gardening; hot yoga.

Favorite books: Narrative nonfiction and anything by Terry Pratchett.

Most recently read: “Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Education in Afghanistan and Pakistan” by Greg Mortenson (if one needs to work with the Taliban … it’s the guide).

Favorite books: oatmeal cookies.

Favorite quotations: “Onwards and upwards,” which I attribute to Willy Wonka in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”